Dental implants are small titanium posts that are implanted into your jaw, under the gums. These posts are used to secure dental work, such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.
What is Dental Implant Restoration?
While a dental implant is permanent, the surrounding appliances, such as the abutment and the crown, may need restoration. Whether you’ve cracked a crown, or need a new abutment due to normal wear and tear, Drs. Potts and Schamel are ready to help.
What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?
- Long Lasting | With proper care and maintenance, implants can last an average of ten to fifteen years.
- Prevent Bone Loss | A missing tooth can cause your bone to deteriorate and your gums to get thinner. An implant can encourage bone re-growth around the post.
- Smile More | Missing teeth can make you uncomfortable with smiling. It can be embarrassing to smile. Dental implants can secure a crown and replace missing teeth so that you can smile more freely.
- Look Younger | If you have missing teeth, your facial structure can change, which may make you look older. Implants can return the structure to your face and give you a more youthful appearance.
How does the Process Work?
As with any dental procedure, the first thing you will need is a consultation. During this initial visit, we may take x-rays and other scans to determine if you’re a good candidate for dental implants.
The surgery itself takes place in stages. First your jaw needs to be prepared, and later the actual implant can be placed. There can be several months of healing between stages. Your treatment is unique to you and the amount of time it takes depends on how quickly you heal.
What if I Want a Restoration?
A consultation will still be needed, x-rays may be required. Your original abutment is removed and your new one is placed and sized, and then a mold is taken. You may receive a temporary abutment, while the new abutment and the mold are sent to a laboratory for creation of the crown.
A restoration does not usually take as long as the original implant procedure, since there isn’t a need to wait for you to heal.
At Parkway Dental, we know the difference an implant can make. Drs. Potts and Schamel are trained dental surgeons who stay up-to-date on the latest procedures. We’re ready to answer your questions. Call today!